…because good businesses, effectively telling their impact story, results in greater positive impact being created.
It’s our duty to help accelerate change in the world, be it correcting social, or environmental problems. We simply cannot sit idly by and wait for corporations or the government to do so.
We’ve been developing our impact model progressively over the past two years. It began as a simple orphan sponsorships because that is dear to our hearts. While it’s a great thing to do, and we continue to do it, it isn’t connected to what we do as a business. That’s why we have invested so much energy to continuously shape it.
We are committed to helping impact enterprises develop their brand story. Whether they are profitable, or strapped for cash.
The outcome we seek for all those we help, is that their brand story and marketing is so damn good, that it helps them achieve massive business success.
There are many founders who are struggling with their brand story, doing amazing things, but without the budget to engage us. We can’t sit by and let that be the reason they don’t succeed. So we have developed three ways we can help. Our three streams of positive impact.
These three impact streams have been launched and evolved over the past two years, with some coming online only in recent weeks. We are experimenting with the impact measurement and have the following general metrics for now. We are also looking at ways to map these impact streams to the UN Global SDGs. This is a topic we are fascinated by and will be an ongoing conversation.
Our Online Impact Brand Story Crafting Program, free to cash strapped impact businesses of all kinds via our Impact Karma Seed.
Brand or marketing projects are expertly handled by our team. While not free, funds are matched via our Double the Goodness Grant up to $10,000.
We choose to work with organisations who have a positive social or environmental impact, or the intent to come on that journey with us. And who generate healthy profits. This combination is important as it means sustained positive impact.
Can you see how these impact streams are related to what we do? And how they are aligned with who we work with?
They make far more sense for our team, and are more aligned to our purpose and values than our orphan sponsorship (which we continue to do). The storytelling of this impact is beginning for us now and only time will tell us what our clients feel about co-creating the impact with us. We are confident they will connect with it, because they connect with us.
We wouldn’t be here without our awesome clients and The Sponge community. We are grateful for the amazing people who help us get closer to our goals.
Sometimes these people are our new clients. Sometimes they are the people who refer a friend to us – a brand in need. Or who simply share our story with their own network. There is no action too small. Each helps to grow our shared impact.
You can help too!
Do you know a good business who could benefit from our services, or the impact streams on this page?
By choosing to work with us, profitable and impactful brands are helping other impact businesses grow. Changing the world for the better, faster. Simply because part of our profits from those awesome projects are invested in teaching, coaching and doing good for the other world-changers who need it the most.
So, go on! Share our story. Co-create this world change that we all need. Tell your friends to book a free consultation with us. So we can watch this impact grow out of control!
Like navigating any path, you need to start by knowing exactly where you are. Getting your bearings. Then you can map out a course.
We have a tool to help your brand with that. It’s our brand story audit. We review an exhaustive list of elements from your brand against the three criteria we’ve been exploring in this post, plus one more: Design. Because your brand collateral has got to look awesome too! We are a branding agency after all 😉
The report we produce includes scores for each item you submit, across each criterion, and an overall score and commentary on how best to improve each item. We prioritize each element and provide an action plan to work through to get you where you need to be. The ultimate goal is a rich, authentic brand story that is communicated effectively and consistently throughout all your materials.
We also include an hour long consultation to discuss the report to ensure you have clarity and your questions are answered.
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